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Stevens wins second stakes since comeback

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ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) - A day after taking his first stakes since his comeback attempt began last month, Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens won another at Santa Anita on Sunday, guiding Purim's Dancer to a breakaway win in the $75,000 Wishing Well stakes.

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Stevens and Purim's Dancer, a 4-year-old filly from the barn of Thomas Proctor, were fourth in the early going of the stakes on the special downhill course, but had a two-length lead by the time they reached the main turf track and pulled away to beat long shot Dancingtothestars by 3 1/4 lengths, covering about 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:12.25.

``It feels tremendous,'' said Stevens from the winner's circle. ``Because of guys like these, Tom Proctor here to my right and all the great supporters of Gary Stevens through the years and giving me a shot once again. It's time to capitalize and we are, but it's good horses that put you in the winner's circle.''

When the weekend began, the 49-year-old Stevens had won just two races of any kind since his comeback began Jan. 6

The winner paid $8.80, $5.40 and $4.20. Dancingtothestars paid $14 and $7.60. The favorite, Byrama, had to rally from the back of the field for third. She paid $3.40 to show.

Purim's Dancer earned $48,300 for her sixth career win, increasing her lifetime earnings to $117,960.

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